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Witness one of the world's most explosive sports in Raipur, India later this year

October 1, 2015

Raipur will play host to one of the world's most action packed sports when the Hero Hockey World League Final comes to town between 27 November and 6 December.

Data gathered from FIH Innovation Partner Loughborough University at the 2014 Hockey World Cup revealed a host of statistics highlighting just how intense elite hockey matches are.

With players covering up to 10km per game, that equates to around 140m per minute. Compare this to football, where players run 125m per minute, 109m per minute in basketball and 94m per minute in rugby 7s.

Whilst for many, a 10km run sounds enduring, but in hockey, much of this activity is undertaken at a high pace, with players reaching maximum speeds of 34-35kmh during games.

In fact, for 30% of an elite hockey game, players are running at a high intensity (above 19kmh), compared to only 20% of a rugby 7s match and 9% of a football match. 

As a result, hockey players are sustaining about 85-90% of their maximum heart rate for over 40% of the game.

All of these facts lead to a clear conclusion - hockey is explosive. Players perform at a high intensity throughout matches, which results in action packed, exciting games.

You too can be part of the action. Turn up or tune in to catch all of the excitement at the 2015 men's Hero Hockey World League Finals in Raipur, India.

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